Vernon Eugene Johnson, 80, of Corpus Christi and formerly of Refugio, died Feb. 16, 2009.
Johnson was born and reared in Refugio. He was a Seaman in the U.S. Navy who served during World War II, on the coasts of China and Japan.
Johnson was coxswain of the captain’s gig and also escorted the Tarawa and Princeton around the world. This is only a few of his many destinations.
He received many medals which included victory over Japan, good conduct, and the Asiatic Pacific medal. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion Post #364.
Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, Tonnie Estelle Riggs and Peter Johnson and his sister, Marjorie Stryker.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Joyce Johnson of Corpus Christi; his three daughters, Patricia Ann Johnson, of Corpus Christi; Betty Jean and husband Ron Adamson; and Deborah Kay Allen; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Visitation was held Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Memory Gardens Funeral Home.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 1 p.m. at Memory Gardens Chapel. Burial was in Memory Gardens Cemetery, with full military honors.